May 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm #881
Glenn Cushman was my uncle, and one of those killed that night. I was wondering if, in your research, you had run across his name. I do have a scan of a picture of him if you’d like it for the photos section. It’s not great – it’s from a newspaper – but I’d be happy to pass it along.
Thanks very much,
Bruce SouthworthMay 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm #882
Hi Bruce. I have a book with much info on all survivors and casualties. I will look and post info if I find anything. They are listed by state. My dad was from NJ. Please let me know. I will look it up for you. Diane McCreaMay 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm #883
Hi Diane, Thanks very much. Glenn was from Minneapolis, MN. – BruceMay 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm #884
Yes it’s here in my copy of “Leopoldville A Tragedy Too Long Secret” by Allan Andrade. Page 305 lists 10 casualties from MN. Cushman, Glenn L. Pfc., Company I, 262nd Regiment, Minneapolis is there. Also when possible the author has a capital M-missing or never recovered, F for buried in France, or R for remains returned to the USA. There is no letter specifying which in your uncle’s case. My dad survived and was hospitalized before returning to NJ and was decorated with a purple heart. The book is available on amazon. It’s a heart breaking story, but an important part of our history. I never knew what happened exactly but I knew my dad struggled with his memories of thar night til he passed away in 1983. It wasnt until I read this book that I realized how many were lost that night as well as the secrecy that surrounded the event. Hope this helps some. Stay well. DianeMay 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm #885
Thanks very much! I do know his body was recovered and he was buried in France for some time. Eventually he was brought home and was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington, MN. As a kid all I “knew” from my Mom was that he was killed at the Battle of the Bulge. That was bad enough, but when I found out – just 2 or 3 years ago – what really happened to him, well, that was truly heartbreaking.
I’m glad your father was one of the survivors. I can’t begin to imagine though, the horrors he experienced and how that must have haunted him. The whole thing is incredible beyond words.
I have often wondered if those who died were posthumously awarded the purple heart. And if so, if I could get a replacement of Glenn’s. (My dad was a B-17 mechanic in England and I was able to get replacements of his medals. Nothing at all like a purple heart, but I’m very glad to have them.)
Thank you again for looking up the information. I must find the book now.
Speaking of books – I came across a reference to another book on the Leop0ldville just yesterday – “A Night Before Christmas” by Jacquin Sanders. I think it was first published in 1963. Have you heard of it? I don’t have it but want to track a copy down.
Best, BruceMay 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm #886
Hi Bruce. It’s worth checking out about the medal(s) can’t hurt to try writing a letter or email. The Allan Andrade book is easy to get on amazon or ebay. The book by Sanders seems to be out of print and I see one priced at almost 200 dollars on Amazon…crazy!! However, a search on the internet shows copies nearby at libraries. Perhaps a library near you has a copy as well. I’m going to try and get to the library tomorrow and see if I can find it. Keep in touch, stay well. DianeJune 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm #894
I found a copy of the Sanders book for $23 plus shipping. Hardcover in jacket (with several small tears.
I came across this copy on AbeBooks.com for $18 (plus shipping) and thought you might be interested.
Best, BruceJune 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm #895
Hey Bruce…thanks so much, ordering it now. Let me know what you think after reading it. I’ll do the same. Again, many thanks, stay well. DianeFebruary 9, 2017 at 2:06 am #1019
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